While lots of businesses organize Toys for Tots collections around the holidays, where people can drop off gifts to be given to children whose parents can’t afford to buy their kids gifts for Christmas, a tattoo shop in Texas is doing more giving back.
The local San Antonio tattoo shop, Platinum Tattoos & Body Piercing, is offering a great way to give back this holiday season with a "Toys4Tats" program.
Platinum Tattoos & Body Piercing is offering free tattoos, valued at $60 or less, in exchange for an unwrapped $20 toy. This means any tattoo over $100 will get a $80 discount.
The toys are for underprivileged children in Mexico. Platinum Tattoos had opened in 2000, and started the fundraiser in 2016.
"I just love helping kids," Platinum Tattoos Owner, Noah Yuchnitz, said.
While this is the second year of the event, Yuchnitz said it will be an annual charity.
Anyone wanting to participate can drop off their toy at 5545 NW Loop 410 until the end of the year.
The annual Toys4Tats started October 17th, and will be accepting gifts until December 31st.
Starting October 17th all the way to December 31st take advantage of the annual Toy4Tat's special that benefits less fortunate children.
Bring in an unwrapped toy valued at $20 before tax or higher and receive a tattoo valued at $60 or less for free; if the tattoo is valued at $100 or more, receive $80 off the total.
However, you can still get a tattoo that is valued higher than $60. Platinum Tattoos & Body Piercing’s fun site, puts for example, if a tattoo design is quoted at a value of $200, you will receive an $80 discount and pay only $120 out of pocket.
The only catch is you must bring in a receipt for the gift, and the gift must be unopened.
For their piercing specials, the shop cites the “Mrs. Claus’ Special”:
Mrs. Claus' Special
Get both nipples pierced for $31, bring in an unopened $5 toy w/ receipt and get both for $25. *Regular price is $60
$5 off standard piercings, $10 off when you bring a friend
Also, if you're undecided on what to get tattooed we will be taking appointments starting in January.
Tats4Toys also notes, “We will accept donations of clothes and gently used toys for children in Mexico but no discounts will be applied towards a tattoo.”
View Platinum Tattoos' Tattoo Gallery
*A $10 setup fee applies to all tattoos.